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July 24, 1998
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Israel’s defense minister said he was “very worried” by a report that Iran had successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking Israel, Saudi Arabia and most of Turkey. Yitzhak Mordechai called for additional pressure on Russia to block the transfer of missile technology to Iran. The successful test, capable of altering the balance of power in the Middle East, was detected by a U.S. spy satellite, according to a New York Times report. The United States and Israel consulted on the issue, but U.S. officials refused to give details of the conversation.

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